Olympic Trials qualifier and Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club swimmer Savanna Faulconer has made the decision to swim for the Florida Gators in the fall of 2016, bringing with her breaststroke and medley expertise that will surely benefit the team.
A 2014-2015 junior national team member in the 200m breaststroke and 400m IM, Faulconer is a three-time 2015 YMCA National Champion. She was also the ninth highest overall point scorer at the 2014 Junior National Championships making her one of the most desired recruits in her class.
At just 16, Faulconer secured three different trials cuts, qualifying to swim the 400m IM, 200m IM, and 200m breaststroke.
The 400m IM is one of her best events. In that race she’s a 4:45.89 long-course and a 4:08.59 short-course. In the 200m IM she rocks a 2:17.51 and boasts a 2:00.07 in yards.
Her 200m breaststroke is a 2:31.61 with her 100 being a 1:11.26. Her long-course times are arguably a bit better, however in yards she’s a 1:02.00 in the 100 and a 2:10.79 in the 200.
With those times, Faulconer will be competitive right out of the gates. She’s already without a doubt a potential finalist at the SEC Championships, with even greater potential to pick up some serious points.
It took a 2:11.10 to make the 200m breaststroke final and a 4:11.76 to make the 400m IM final, times that shouldn’t be much of a problem for Faulconer.
Not only will Faulconer be a threat at the SEC Championships, but with the times she has now she has the potential to make championship finals at the NCAA Championships, something that will be huge for Florida.
It took a 4:07.01 to make the 400 IM final at NCAAs. That time is arguably in reach for Faulconor considering potential improvement. Florida also had one swimmer make that final this year with Jessica Thielmann. Thielmann swam a 4:06.72 at the meet, and will be in a relatively similar time-range to Faulconer. The potential for a great training duo is right there in the making.
Faulconer could very well make the 200m breaststroke final at NCAAs as well. It took a 2:08.79 this year to qualify, and no Florida swimmer was even entered in the race. Even if she doesn’t grab an ‘A’ final, a consolation final is more than within reach for her. The potential to score points in a multitude of events is there.
Faulconer attends JL Mann High School in Greenville, South Carolina.